Course evaluations are one of UMB’s most important tools for documenting, evaluating and improving the quality of the academic content in the courses. All the questions are answered on a scale from 1 to 6 where 1 is the lowest and 6 is the highest. The evaluations have been in use since 2002 which gives us a unique opportunity to look at the development over time, and we see a positive trend of improved quality in almost all areas to the present day.
Everybody has access to the course evaluation results
without comments at Athene (https://athene.umb.no/emneevaluering/?lang=en)
- Choose course in the pull-down menu, and click at "Show course"
- Choose the occurrence of the course in the pull-down menu,
and click at "Show results"
The Course Responsible, the Head of Department and the Department Education Committee-leaders have access to the results from the individual course evaluations including comments
. This access requires log-in.
August block cours evaluation results
How is the course evaluations used at UMB?
UMB's "Annual Report on the Quality of Education" summarises the results of the academic quality at UMB in several areas. The course evaluations are very important in this work. The report is discussed by the Education Committee, approved by the University Board and then distributed to the Department Managers, Department Education Committee-leaders, Study Counsellors, The Student Board, the Directors, the Head of Division and others.
Everybody (The Student Board, the Student Representative for Education Quality, the Departments, the Course Responsible and the Department of Academic Affairs) must all make an effort to market the course evaluations. The students need good and sufficient information about the follow up work with the course evaluations and information about teaching and courses being changed based on bad feedback. The course responsibles are particularly important in this context. The departments must follow up that there is a positive development for the individual course evaluations over time.Some examples of results from the UMB’s course evaluations:
Please note: All the questions in the course evaluation are answered on a scale from 1 to 6 where 1 is the lowest and 6 is the highest.
- For topics related to the academic content the average results have increased from 4.19 in 2004 to 4.47 in 2008
- For topics related to teacher satisfaction the average results have increased from 4.23 in 2002 to 4.53 in 2008
- However for topics related to teaching methods there have just been a slight change from an average result of 4.38 in 2006 to 4.42 in 2008.
More results from UMB’s course evaluations can be found in UMB's Annual Report on the Quality of Education
page 58 and 59 (in Norwegian)
Since the course evaluation is run for the entire UMB and used to document our development in quality, there is limited how much and how often the questions can be changed. The course evaluation at UMB was revised in March 2006, when the number of questions was reduced from 38 to 15, and it was agreed that the response rate has to be supported. In 2008, the number of questions was reduced to 10.The course evaluation was revised spring 2010. For more information (in Norwegian)
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